EXCLUSIVE: It’s the end of the road for Fox‘s quirky family comedy Raising Hope, with the upcoming fourth-season finale serving as series finale. The blue-collar sitcom will bow out with an hourlong farewell on Friday, April 4, featuring back-to-back episodes from 9-10 PM.
Created by Greg Garcia, Raising Hope was the first comedy series in a while to stick at Fox. It proved a good utility player, doing well behind New Girl but also as a 8 PM anchor of the Tuesday comedy block last season. “Getting to know and love the Chance family on Raising Hope has been a sweet, hilarious ride,” said Fox chairman Kevin Reilly and COO Joe Earley. “Thanks to the incredibly talented cast — along with Greg, Mike and the entire crew — for making us laugh for four fantastic seasons.”
Once upon a time, studios, networks, and TV stars didn’t want anyone to see their busted pilots, preferring to send them off to die quietly — and alone, like an elephant. But a pair of failed pilots have been put online in the past two weeks — and legally too! Today, Sarah Silverman got 20th TV‘s blessing to post Susan 313, a 2012 pilot she did at the studio for NBC that was a no-go. Written by Dan Sterling and loosely based on Silverman’s life, it’s about a woman whose long-term relationship ends and she moves back into the apartment she had the foresight not to give up. Earlier this month, Greg Garcia got CBS to put online his single-camera pilot Super Clyde. That one follows a shy comic book fanatic/fast-food worker who inherits a fortune from an uncle and embarks on a new life as a superhero with the help of his butler, played by Stephen Fry. Rule of journalism: Three makes a trend!
Anyway, here is what broadcasters were NOT looking for — Susan 313 below and Super Clyde here.
TV networks and studios almost never make pilots that hadn’t gone to series available to the public. In a rare exception, CBS has put Greg Garcia‘s single-camera pilot Super Clyde up online. (You can watch it here.) The move is a result from a request by Garcia, who sent out an email tonight announcing the pilot’s availability. Super Clyde was one of two pilots Garcia had at CBS this past season, with the other, the multi-camera The Millers, getting a series order. Super Clyde stars Harry Potter‘s Rupert Grint as a shy comic book fanatic who discovers his calling after he inherits millions of dollars from his eccentric uncle. Clyde, a mild-mannered fast-food worker, is bequeathed $100,000 per month for the rest of his life, and — with the help of his butler, Randolph (Stephen Fry) — begins his thrilling new life as a superhero, secretly helping strangers in need. Here is Garcia’s email:
I shot a pilot for CBS called Super Clyde this spring and it didn’t wind up on their fall schedule. But the good people at CBS have been kind enough to make the pilot available online.
I’m really proud of this show. Mike Fresco did an amazing job directing and the cast is great. Rupert Grint, Stephen Fry, Tyler Labine and Justine Lupe.
If you want to kill 20 minutes at work click on the link and check it out.
Alix Jaffe has been named head of Greg Garcia‘s Amigos de Garcia Prods. This is the first time Garcia has taken in an executive at his company, which is one year into a rich four-year overall deal at CBS TV Studios. During his first year at the studio, Garcia landed two pilot orders at CBS, with one of the projects, multi-camera comedy The Millers, landing on the fall schedule. Jaffe will oversee both current series and future development for Amigos de Garcia, beginning with The Millers, on which she will serve as a producer. Garcia first worked with Jaffe when she was a network current executive on his previous series at CBS, Yes, Dear. “As a current executive on the show, I was always impressed with Alix’s contributions to the show, and over the years she has remained not only a good friend but someone whose opinion I have always sought out and valued,” said Garcia. “She’s incredibly smart and funny, and I consider myself very lucky to have her in this position.” Read More »
Michael Rapaport rounds out the core cast of CBS‘ untitled Greg Garcia multi-camera comedy pilot. The project, written and executive produced byGarcia, centers on Jack (Will Arnett), a recently divorced guy whose life gets more complicated when his parents have marital problems of their own. Their mother (Margo Martindale) moves in with Will, while their father (Beau Bridges) moves in with Will’s sister Debbie (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) and her husband Adam (Rapaport). The casting reunites Rapaport with Garcia — Rapaport, repped by Paradigm and Brillstein Entertainment, recurred on one of Garcia’s previous series, NBC’s My Name Is Earl.
One Tree Hill alumna Shantel VanSanten has joined Fox’s drama pilot Gang Related, from 20th TV and Imagine TV. Written by Chris Morgan, directed by Allen Hughes and exec produced by Brian Grazer, Gang Related centers on Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez), a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department. VanSanten, repped by Innovative and Leverage, plays a doctor who treats Ryan for his bullet wound injuries and the daughter of the gang task force’s captain.
Beau Bridges is set as a lead in CBS‘ untitled Greg Garcia multi-camera comedy pilot. The project, written and executive produced byGarcia, centers on Jack (Will Arnett), a recently divorced guy whose life gets more complicated when his parents have marital problems of their own. Their mother (Margo Martindale) moves in with Will, while their father (Bridges) moves in with Will’s sister Debbie (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) and her husband. Read More »
Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) is set to star opposite Will Arnett in CBS‘ untitled Greg Garcia multi-camera comedy pilot. The project, written and executive produced byGarcia, centers on Jack (Arnett), a recently divorced guy whose life gets more complicated when his parents have marital problems of their own. Their mother (Margo Martindale) moves in with Will, while their father moves in with Will’s sister Debbie (Ellis) and her husband. Perfect Couples alumna Ellis, repped by Evolution and CAA, recurred on New Girl.Read More »
Up All Night’s Will Arnett has been tapped as the lead in CBS‘ untitled Greg Garcia comedy pilot. The project, written and executive produced by Raising Hope and My Name Is Earl creator Garcia, centers on Jack (Arnett), a recently divorced guy whose life gets more complicated when his parents have marital problems of their own. CBS Studios is producing. For Arnett, the pilot is formally in second position to NBC’s Up All Night. After recently scrapping its planned transformation from a single- to a multi-camera comedy, I hear the sophomore comedy is not going forward but it has not been officially cancelled by the network and the cast, sans star Christina Applegate who left 10 days ago, has not been released. Since Applegate’s exit, which threw NBC’s plans for Up All Night in turmoil, Arnett had been courted for a slew of pilots. He fielded multiple offers until settling on CBS’ Greg Garcia project whose main character’s story dovetails with Arnett’s real-life experience of going through a divorce. His Up All Night co-star Maya Rudolph also has been approached for pilots, including NBC’s Sean Hayes comedy.
Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint is set as the title character in Super Clyde, Greg Garcia’s single-camera pilot for CBS. The project, from CBS TV Studios, centers on Clyde (Grint), a meek, unassuming fast food worker who decides to become a super hero. Mike Fresco is directing the pilot as well as executive producing with Garcia. This marks the first series role for Brit Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the blockbuster Harry Potter franchise. He will next be seen opposite Shia LaBeouf in The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman. Grint is repped by Gersh, Untitled and UK’s Hamilton Hodell. In addition to Super Clyde, Garcia has a multi-camera pilot at CBS.
UPDATED: Here is what Greg Garcia said about the My Name Is Earl gag onRaising Hope. “To be fair, I didn’t write the joke. But the writer who did knew I would leave it in. Anyway, it’s all water under the bridge. Just a funny way to end a scene.” There will be a lot more Earl references in the February 26 episode of Hope, which stages a reunion of the stars of the NBC comedy — Jason Lee, Jaime Pressly, Ethan Suplee, Eddie Steeples, Nadine Velazquez and Abdoulaye N’Gom. “There’s a lot of Earl jokes throughout,” Garcia said. “I enjoyed it very much. Not sure if anyone else will.”
PREVIOUS: Wondering whether Greg Garcia has gotten over NBC’s unceremonious cancellation of his comedy My Name Is Earl almost four years ago? Here is a clip from this week’s episode of Garcia’s latest series, Fox’s Raising Hope, in which Burt (Garret Dillahunt) kicks the NBC President (Graham Clarke) in the nuts over the My Name Is Earl cancellation. Earl, which was put on the air by Fox chairman Kevin Reilly while he was at NBC, was cancelled by his successor, Ben Silverman, in May 2009 after four seasons. Silverman himself was let go from NBC two months later.
CBS seems determined to get a comedy from My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia on the air next season, handing out pilot orders to both of his scripts, one single- and one multi-camera. They were among four CBS pilots ordered tonight as the network kept its odd pilot season tradition of greenlighting a slew of pilots after hours on a Friday night. The other two pickups went to the Will Gluck-produced comedy The McCarthys, from writer Brian Gallivan; and The Ordained, a drama from a novice TV writer, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, which is produced by Frank Marshall. These mark the first pilot orders for Garcia and Marshall in the first development cycles under their deals at CBS TV Studios, while The McCarthys hails from Sony TV where Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment is based.
Garcia’s single-camera pilot Super Clyde centers on a meek, unassuming fast food worker who decides to become a super hero. The untitled multi-camera one centers on a recently divorced man whose life is complicated when his parents decide to move in with him. Both projects are written and executive produced by CAA-repped Garcia, who moved from long-time home 20th TV to CBS Studios last May in a very rich four-year overall deal. The double pickup almost assures Emmy winner Garcia’s return to CBS’ primetime seven years after the end of the network’s comedy series Yes, Dear, which he co-created. Garcia’s commitment to Fox’s Raising Hope, now in its third season, concludes at the end of this season. The family comedy has done well enough to earn another renewal but Garcia’s departure would certainly reflect on the show’s chances. Read More »
The Hollywood TV community is struggling to come to grips with the sudden death of veteran comedy writer-producer Alan Kirschenbaum. Few knew him better than Greg Garcia. The two co-created/executive produced the CBS comedy series Yes, Dear and pilot Fugly, and Garcia also brought in Kirschenbaum to work on his series My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope. But above all, the two were close friends. Here is what Garcia shared with us about his late friend (the images are from the set of Yes, Dear, featuring Kirschenbaum and Garcia alongside series star Mike O’Malley:
This was who Alan was. Always making me laugh harder than anyone else could. I hope somewhere Alan is telling a joke and God is doing a spit take but for those of us he left behind, we’re devastated.
EXCLUSIVE: In his first development cycle at CBS TV Studios, My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia has set up two half-hour projects at CBS: a single-camera comedy, which he is writing, and a hybrid one to be written by Danielle Sanchez-Witzel.
Details about Garcia’s own project are being kept under wraps but it is said to be very much in the style of Garcia’s previous shows, combining quirky comedy, original characters, relatable themes and a lot of heart. Emmy winner Garcia is writing and executive producing.
Sanchez-Witzel’s Capturing Crazy is about a woman in her mid-20s who turns her documentary camera on her own family to prove once and for all that they’re crazy. Sanchez-Witzel is writing and will executive produce with Garcia. The project reunites the duo. Sanchez-Witzel got her break on Garcia’s NBC comedy My Name Is Earl, which she joined right after the pilot and stayed for its entire four-season run, rising to co-executive producer. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: After 14 years and three series at 20th Century Fox TV, Greg Garcia is moving to CBS TV Studios. In the biggest overall deal for a writer so far this year, the My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope creator has signed a four-year pact with CBS TV Studios to develop new projects. As part of the agreement, he will remain as showrunner on Fox’s Raising Hope for its upcoming third season while working on development for CBS Studios.
Garcia started off at 20th TV with a stint as a writer on the short-lived Getting Personal before creating his first series for the studio, the 2000 multi-camera comedy Yes, Dear, which ran on CBS for six seasons. (Garcia co-created the series with Alan Kirschenbaum.) Through that series, Garcia worked with CBS TV Studios president David Stapf in his previous role as head of current programming at CBS. “Greg is truly one of the funniest people I know, and certainly one of the elite comedy showrunners,” said Stapf, who had pursued Garcia for several years. “He is a rare creative talent, who has created successful shows in both the multi- and single-camera form across a variety of networks.” Reps for Garcia said he was unavailable for comment as he was indisposed preparing for a colonoscopy.
Garcia, repped by CAA and attorney Sam Fischer, is the biggest-name comedy showrunner to join CBS Studios’ … Read More »
Back in October, Fox’s new comedy Raising Hopebecame the first freshman series this season to receive a back order. Today, it became the first freshman series to receive a second-season pickup. Fox is making the announcement at TCA this morning. This is a big vote of confidence to Greg Garcia’s single-camera comedy, which is Fox’s highest-rated new series this season with an average of a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49 (including DVR viewing), boosted by a big Glee lead-in. It is also the only new fall Fox series to make it beyond the original order, with drama Lone Star and comedy Running Wilde canceled. “I’m happy that the show is getting another year,” Garcia said. “But the fact that I’ve been trying to think of a funny quote for the last two hours and this is the best I could come up with makes me a little nervous about season two.”
Besides a top showrunner, My Name Is Earl creator Garcia, the 20th TV-produced Raising Hope boasts a solid cast, led by standouts Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt. “Raising Hope has emerged as a comedic standout: wickedly smart, hilarious and full of heart,” Fox’s entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. “Greg Garcia and his great cast have established an appointment show on Tuesday nights this season and we’re confident it’s just the beginning of great things to come.” Raising Hope returns with originals … Read More »
My Name Is Earl star Jason Lee is reuniting with the show’s creator Greg Garcia on an upcoming episode of Garcia’s new series, Fox’s freshman comedy Raising Hope. Lee will guest star as Smokey Daniels, a washed-up rock star who is hired as the lead act at “Grocery-Palooza,” a rock concert at the supermarket where Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) works. Smokey was once Burt’s (Garret Dillahunt) musical idol, and Burt hopes to relive his rock-star years by playing backup for him at the concert. Lee now stars on TNT’s Memphis Beat, which was renewed for a second season. Raising Hope was recently picked up for a full season.
Fox’s comedy Raising Hope has become the first new series this fall to receive an order for additional episodes. The network has given a full back-nine order to Greg Garcia’s single-camera family comedy, bringing the total order to 22 episodes. While not the highest-rated freshman series this season, Raising Hope has been the highest-rated new Fox series, performing better than fellow freshman comedy Running Wilde and the already-cancelled drama Lone Star. Last night, the comedy, which is solid creatively and features a standout performance by Martha Plimpton, drew a 2.5/7 in adults 18-49 behind the hottest scripted series on TV at the moment, Fox’s sophomore Glee, for a so-so 54% hold. (For comparison, Running Wilde did a 1.7/5). Read More »
The title of the show might be Raising Hope, but the panel for the upcoming Fox comedy turned to The Cloris Leachman Show as the veteran comedienne almost hijacked the proceedings. After complaining about the seating arrangement and switching seats around, she fielded questions by asking each person asking the question to stand up.
Some of her answers: On why she chose to do the pilot, about a guy (Lucas Neff) and his family who have to raise a baby, the result of the guy’s one-night stand with a girl that turns out to be a wanted felon. “It’s funny, brilliant, f**k. Great cast, a baby.”
On whether she is looking to compete with Betty White for “it” girl status. “I’m so sick of Betty White, never liked her. We have a movie together coming out called You, Again.”
On whether she wants to win more Emmys as she currently holds the record for most wins by an actress, 8. “You bet your life. If I don’t get an Emmy for this show, I’m leaving.”
Creator/executive producer Greg Garcia was asked about the fact that the show kicks off with the baby’s mother getting executed. “It’s dark but I thought it was an interesting way to give this family a baby, so I said: go for it,” prompting Leachman to chime in, dryly, “That’s sort of dark, isn’t it?” The show will share a lot of similarities with Garcia’s previous single-camera comedy My Name Is Earl in the way it’s shot and in terms … Read More »